Smoosh-painted pumpkin art for toddlers: experimenting with colour, texture and colour-mixing and a fun paint technique too!
I can’t believe October is coming to an end already! I still have so many halloween craft ideas that we haven’t gotten around to doing! Today, we were smooshing pumpkins today, using the same paint smooshing technique that we used to make our Fall Collages.
How do you make a “smoosh painting”?
To start, I used an oval platter to trace a pumpkin shape onto cardboard. Then we drizzled orange/rust/peach and green paint onto the oval, and covered it with waxed paper.
When we made our fall collages, we used Plastic Wrap, but I wanted to try waxed paper this time. Honestly, I had dollar store waxed paper, and it started ripping soon after we got started, so we peeled it off and went with plastic wrap again. Much better.
Once the pumpkin was good and smooshed, we used some paper towel to blot up the excess paint.
I just love this smooshing technique! It produces really beautiful results!
The Hooligans had a play in the yard with Andrew, who had a P.A. Day today, while the paint dried.
When they were dry, I cut out the pumpkin shape I’d traced, and we got to work on the faces. You could use construction paper for this, but I had some scraps of skate-board grip tape that I wanted to use. It’s like a coarse sandpaper, so the texture is neat, and bonus: it has a sticky back, so the Hooligans peeled off the paper backing and just stuck the eyes, noses and mouths on their pumpkins.
Jackie is a mom, wife, home daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind Happy Hooligans. She specializes in kids’ crafts and activities, easy recipes, and parenting. In 1997, Jackie stepped out of the corporate world to start a family and to open her own home daycare. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.